The Batchelor family group to a father and son and two daughters, the father, Lance Bombardier A.B. Batchelor, 4th Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery, was lost at sea whilst serving as a DEMS Gunner on 31st December 1944, whilst his son, Observer J.W. Batchelor, Royal Observer Corps, formerly a Gunner with the Royal Artillery who served in Japan during the Korean War, and then as an Observer with No.3 Group at Oxford, was awarded the Royal Observer Corps Medal in 1969 and a Second Award Bar in 1981.
Group of 3: 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; War Medal.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following quantity of original documents and ephemera:
Soldier’s Service and Pay Book, issued to Thomas Albert Batchelor (No.7045747) dated 4th February 1942.
Pair: United Nations Medal for Korea 1950-1955; Royal Observer Corps Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat bust, with Second Award Bar; (OBSERVER J.W. BATCHELOR. ROC.), this with both the original named card box of issue for the medal, and the named card box of issue for the bar.
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.
Royal Observer Corps Beret complete with cap badge, the beret dated 1963.
Royal Observer Corps Cap Badge.
Pair of shoulder titles for an Observer with the Royal Observer Corps.
Pair of Royal Observer Corps cloth shoulder titles.
Three Royal Observer Corps No.3 Group ‘3’ shoulder badges.
Over 100 Aircraft Recognition Cards as issued to the Royal Observer Corps, possibly a complete set.
General Service Cross, silver, reverse engraved: ‘22792781 J.W. Batchelor RA’.
Post Office Savings Bank Deposit / Withdrawal Book, as kept by J.W. Batchelor of Moreton-in-Marsh, later Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire, 1955-1956.
The 1942 dated National Registration Identity Card for Margaret Doreen Batchelor, and a 1951 dated one for Mary E. Batchelor. These two being the sisters of the ROC man.
The father: Thomas Albert Batchelor was born on 14th May 1920 in Kineton, Warwickshire, and having worked as a pip fitters mate, then with the outbreak of the Second World War, he attested for service with the British Army on 4th February 1942, joining as a Gunner (No.7045747) with the Royal Artillery. Posted to the 4th Maritime Regiment, he was promoted to Lance Bombardier and saw service as a DEMS Gunner aboard merchant vessels, being lost at sea, presumed drowned on 31st December 1944. Having no known grave, be is commemorated by name on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.
His son: John William Batchelor saw service as a Gunner (No.22792781) with the Royal Artillery, and saw service in Japan in support of the United Nations operations during the Korean War. Circa 1955 to 1956 he was living in Moreton-in-Marsh and then Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. Having then joined the Royal Observer Corps, as an Observer with No.3 Group at Oxford, he was awarded the Royal Observer Corps Medal in 1969 and a Second Award Bar in 1981.